One of the outcomes of construction while “open for business” is that we don’t get the big reveal at the end. Where all the choices made with the pressures of mission and budget come together to represent our best efforts and is unveiled all at once. Instead, although thrilling, we’re experiencing nonstop change day-by-day. The plan is taking shape! For those of us with blueprints in hand, it’s a little easier to understand how it all fits together, but for many shoppers – it’s a puzzle.Read More
Viroqua Food Co+op Blog
After a tremendous amount of dialogue, organization and planning, we finally broke ground on the Viroqua Food Co+op addition to serve the ever-expanding needs of our community, owners and staff. The plans for a phased project mean that we continue serving our community while simultaneously and literally building a new store around us. On paper, this process looks manageable – but planning and implementation are two very different things. As our staff will attest, it isn’t easy to work in a construction zone.Read More
To prepare for the ongoing construction and disruption of workspace during our remodel, the VFC Deli will be downsizing some programs in order to consolidate our supplies and packaging while maintaining a safe kitchen for all of our excellent staff. Here’s what it means for our customers:Read More
Co-op Principle 1: Open and Voluntary Membership
Like cooperatives around the world, our co-op is built on a set of values that include equality, solidarity, and caring for others. The first of the Seven International Cooperative Principles states that cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination. Our mission reinforces this idea by declaring that we are “a center for community” and guides us “to create together a work of enduring value.”Read More
What will the expanded VFC look like? Fresh! Exciting! Delicious! Our expanded store will be a reflection of our Co-op Community. As we plan and prepare for the new space, we are inspired by our current store as well as co-ops across the country and get expert support and guidance from the Development Co-op (DC) Consulting Team. What do you want to see from your Co-op? Pop over to our website and leave a comment on the Board of Directors' page!
We are on track to begin the parking lots across Center Avenue in early September 2016. This part of the project is essential to complete before any work on the building begins. More convenient parking benefits the Co-op now and will create safety during construction that is slated for spring of 2017. All three sites – the store, the south parking lot, and the Sidie Lawn Care lot – will blend together when Center Avenue becomes a part of the VFC site.
A BIG shout-out and thank you to the Viroqua City Council for approving the closure of 132 feet of Center Avenue directly behind the Co-op to allow for expansion. It’s no small thing to close a city street, and VFC is grateful for the time and thoughtful consideration that both the Planning Commission and City Council gave to this matter. Members of the Council expressed the desire to keep VFC as an anchor business in Viroqua’s downtown Main Street and we are happy to oblige!
On March 29, after considerable discussion, the City Council voted 6 to 3 in favor of closing 132 feet of Center Avenue directly behind the Co-op. Today, I’m informing our NCG Development Co-op (DC) team that we’ve taken a step toward what type of expansion – on site!
Have you heard the good news? The Viroqua Plan Commission (by a vote of 4 to 1, with one abstention) made a positive recommendation for the Center Ave closure to the City Council! One more step toward staying on our beloved site for the long haul.